"May we be guided by our compassionate hearts rather than our cultural habits." Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
How You Can Help
COPAK is committed to communicating our position with respect and kindness. Please review the 10 Habits of Highly Effective Advocates by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau (some of which have been slightly changed to fit the message of this particular mission) below.
Note to supporters and the COPAK team: Please feel free to share COPAK's website with all your contacts.
How you can help:
Post COPAK's website, articles, and videos and the actions you are taking (sponsors you have contacted, editorials you've written, letters to legislators, etc.) on your personal social media platforms.
Write letters to sponsors (see attachment below for a template).
Write editorials (see the example below)
Contact state legislators (See two examples below- make it your own)
Contact local veterinarians with your concerns
Remember that change takes time, and patience is required!
If you have any additional questions about supporting our cause, please reach out to us through our website.
10 Habits of Highly Effective Advocates- Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
Stay focused on the mission
Recognize and truly believe those who attend and sponsor rodeos are compassionate- they’re just not manifesting their compassion in their behaviors. Expect the best in people. People are asleep rather than evil. REMEMBER: We, too, were unaware of the atrocities we were contributing to, and there is always more to learn. Approach people with the presumption that they, too, care- they, too, are compassionate.
BE HUMBLE~ Remember your own story~ DO NOT BE SELF-RIGHTEOUS.
Find common ground. Choose to stand together against cruelty and violence rather than stand against one another.
Compassion is unconditional- strive to be compassionate toward everyone. Be vigilant to live from our highest place.
Know the power of words and nonverbal messages. Find our voice and communicate in a way that’s productive, effective, truthful, and compassionate. Use language that provokes thought rather than shock.
Sense of humor- add levity. Smile, laugh, be warm, playful.
Don’t take everything so personally. It’s their age-old defense mechanism. Whatever someone does with my values is NOT mine to worry about. Speak your truth without being apologetic. Don’t be attached to what my truth will do to other people.
Plant seeds. Be clear about our intention- to raise awareness about the violence against animals, to be their voice, and to speak our truth.
HOPE~ dwell in hope!!